Marvel and Sony don’t have a lot of time left to cast their Spider-Man if they want to get him into Captain America: Civil War, but reports indicate that they’re still waffling between six top choices.
That’s not so shabby though when you consider they started with a field of over 1,500 hopefuls… but again, Civil War is already deep into production, so there’s not a ton of time to get that appearance in order.
Marvel and Sony are aware of this though, and according to THR, they’ve brought their finalists down to screen test for the role, with the goal of announcing a decision as early as this week. So in all likelihood, our next Spider-Man will be on of these six gentlemen:
Biggest Roles: The 18 year old Butterfield is still reportedly the front-runner, and it’s no surprise why. The young actor has already headlined two giant features in Ender’s Game and Hugo.
Biggest Roles: Holland, also 18 years old, starred in The Impossible as Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor’s son.
Biggest Roles: Judah Lewis hasn’t been in any released features yet, but he will have a small role in the upcoming remake of Point Break.
Biggest Roles: Lintz had a small part on Sleepy Hollow a few years back, and will also appear in Adam Sandler’s Pixels in a few months.
Biggest Roles: Plummer had a recurring role on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire.
Biggest Roles: Rowe had a small role in The Golden Compass in 2007, and has since had leading parts in the TV series Neverland and Red Band Society.
As you can probably tell from their photos, the age range on this shortlist varies pretty considerably. Marvel is aiming for someone who can realistically portray a high-school student though, potentially across multiple films, so they’ll likely be looking to skew a little younger.
No one here seems to unrealistically old though, even with the next Spider-Man film so far off, so it’s definitely going to come down to which one of these actors Marvel/Sony is willing to invest a couple hundred million dollars into.